Thanks Scott for the important information... this will surely help fellow ballers out there.
Originally Posted by sloonan
Ok so how do you get all your stuff to the game if you are flying:
You cannot bring markers (aka Paintball Guns) in your carry-on luggage.
Pack them in your checked baggage. We do not consider paintball guns to
be firearms and you can pack them in unlocked, soft or hard sided
Compressed gas cylinders are allowed in checked baggage or as a carry-on
ONLY if the regulator valve is completely disconnected from the cylinder
and the cylinder is no longer sealed (i.e. the cylinder has an open
end). The cylinder must have an opening to allow for a visual
Your best bet for your air tank is to ship it via Fedex, UPS or some other carrier OR rent a tank from the field you are playing at if they are offered.
Partially Full or Full compressed air tanks over 40 PSI are considered
"Dangerous Goods" and must be handled special.
Fedex Dangerous Goods: 901-344-3000
UPS Hazardous Materials Support Center: 800-554-9964
With gear inside your checked luggage.... print a copy of the TSA letter reguarding paintball (will be added shortly) and rubber band it to your equipment like you tank with the reg removed and your marker. This way the TSA cant give you crap about it.
Also.... If you wish to lock up your luggage.... Go to walmart and buy a TSA Approved Lock
. This will same them time and you a head ache since they have keys to the corresponding TSA Lock. Masterlock makes a nice one.
Here's what a TSA approved lock looks like:
^^Note the red logos^^ That is what TSA looks for.
Other info can be found here regaurding the locks:
Driving to a Game
In regaurds to driving... I'm finding difficulty locating information however I've discussed this matter with a Pennsylvania State Trooper:
Though it is NOT illegal to travel with paintball gear in your vehicle... it is reccomended that you DO NOT travel with an air cylinder that is full. Keep your tanks (CO2 or N2) in your trunk. Cops will only search your trunk if they have REASONABLE SUSPISION that you are hauling contraband. It is technically illegal to travel with a full cynlinder since it is considered a Hazardous Material and your vehicle will require a HAZMAT Sticker per the Department of Transportation.
tl;dr: keep your air tanks in the trunk and everything will be fine.